Music schools are trending – and for the right reasons. The year’s coming to a close, and new year’s resolution are being formulated. Do you really believe that mastering a new skill can be life changing? I’ve been teaching music for the last two decades. People often ask me “Why should I master an instrument?” Is there any benefit of becoming a hobbyist player? More on that later. Here are the four benefits of learning music.
1. It improves your mental health
How? Research findings from a leading University showed that there’s a clear connection between playing and improved mental energy. In the study, it was discovered that the participants who took part in music classes had increased levels of concentration. In addition to this, there were less anxious even in stressful situations.
Even in old age, seniors keep their minds active by playing their favorite instruments. One of my students was shopping for the most versatile guitar. He’s on the wider side of the age spectrum. Music creates an “auto-immunity” against age-related complications such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
2. Learning music increases your cognitive capabilities
In other words, mastering a new skill makes you smarter. The mind is a muscle. Just like other muscles, it must be exercised. How do we train our minds? Now that’s that real question. By picking up a new skill, you’re essentially rewiring your brain. For instance, let’s say that you’re learning the guitar. You’re “forcing” your brain to remember the new chords and tones. The cognitive capabilities of the brain are unlocked and your memory improves.
3. Boosting social life
From the primitive ages, music (and booze) have been a great pastime. Tribes would sing and dance together after a day of being productive. Today, if you decide to join a music class. You will make new friends. Socializing would be easy as you have common goals and targets. You could even put up a show for your loved ones. Won’t that strengthen the social bond?
Hobbyist players really go public; but when they do, they’re able to create more friends. Musicians have a sense of fellowship where they meet and exchange ideas. The members I a band are brothers’ keepers: Mindful of each other’s welfare.
4. Improving self-confidence
Ironically, our minds are our biggest foes. How? They whisper sabotage and insecurity into our ears when we’re about to take social risks. Public performances force players to face their fears – unconsciously taming the saboteur in them. Let’s be honest, we’re all insecure beings. Irrespective of whether we’re performing in front of a huge multitude or to our partners. Collect your thoughts and make that performance. It’s a great feeling.